By JEREMIAH WILSON
Leader & Times
The West Warriors eighth grade girls hosted the Horace Good Hawks Monday evening. Despite their best efforts, the Warriors couldn’t get a win as the A team dropped their game 37-24, and the B team fell 33-29.
Horace Good’s A team was firing on all cylinders in the first half. The Hawks were able to open up a seven point lead by the end of the first quarter by moving the ball around and hitting open jump shots.
West struggled early, and failed to make good on several opportunities to score. The Warriors inability to convert on fast break layups would haunt them throughout the game.
Trailing 9-2 to start the second quarter, West turned to Ali Lucero, who scored a season high 15 points in the game.
Even though the Warriors were able to put 11 points up in the quarter, Horace Good matched them point-for-point, and West still trailed by seven at the half with the score 20-13.
The Warriors put the heat on the Hawks in the third, outscoring the Hawks 9-6 in the quarter to get within four at 26-22 heading into the final quarter of play.
The fourth quarter was not kind to West on this night. Horace Good took back the momentum to outscore the Warriors 11-2 in the quarter to put the game away 37-24.
West’s Tania Minjarez scored 3 points in the game, and 3 other players chipped in with two.
The Warriors B team suffered a fate much similar.
It was the Warriors that jumped out to a lead early in this contest, although the score was tight from beginning to end.
Neither team was particularly spectacular on the offensive end in the first quarter, with the score 6-4 after one. Both teams defensive efforts were stellar in the first.
The Hawks and the Warriors both scored 11 points in the second, just as the A teams did, but West still clung to a two point lead at halftime.
The biggest lead of the game was six points, which the Warriors had heading into the final quarter at 27-21. West did not keep that lead long.
It took Horace Good just under two minutes to tie the game up at 27-27. With the game tied 29-29, and two minutes remaining, the Hawks outscored the Warriors 4-0 to close the game out, and come away with the 33-29 win.
Breia Duque scored a season high 11 points in the loss for West.